This article provides many facts making a good case for using seat belts. The facts are presented in a question and answer format. It is noted that about 14,000 to 18,000 lives could be saved annually if all automobile occupants used safety belts. Most crashes occur at speeds under 40 mph, and about 70% of all accidents occur within 25 miles from home. Using a lap and shoulder belt offers the best possible protection in the event of a collision. All persons, including children, should wear seat belts. Children under 4 years of age should ride in a safety seat. If one is thrown from a vehicle, the chances of being killed are 25 times greater. Less than 1% of all accidents involve tire or submersion in water. In such cases, the safety belt will minimize injuries enabling one to stay conscious and so capable of escaping. It is noted that seat belts might be useful in other places (on a swing, hammock, or while watching TV) besides the automobile.

  • Corporate Authors:

    US Air Force Inspection and Safety, Center

    Norton AFB, CA  United States  92409
  • Publication Date: 1984-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 4 p.
  • Serial:
    • Driver
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: US Air Force Inspection and Safety, Center

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389175
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 653
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1984 12:00AM